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May. 6, 2013 8:30 am

Magnetic Resonator Piano uses magnets and lights to make new sound [VIDEO]

The intersection of art and technology is the self-styled sweet spot of the multi-discplinary ExCITe Center at Drexel University. So why wouldn't the center welcome composer Andrew McPherson to try to improve upon the 230 year old piano?

The intersection of art and technology is the self-styled sweet spot of the multi-discplinary ExCITe Center at Drexel University. (They’re hosting a Music Hack Day this weekend)

So why wouldn’t the center welcome composer Andrew McPherson to try to improve upon the 230 year old piano? That’s what the Magnet Resonator Piano is, a piano controlled acoustically through light and magnet sensors.

Here is ExCITe project manager Kara Lindstrom showing off the piano inside the center during the NASA Space Apps Challenge last week.

Watch the video below to see McPherson show what the piano can do.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a co-founder and editor of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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